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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 31+

A quick turnaround as we head straight into Gameweek 31+ and once again we have a 5pm BST deadline.

While an earlier cut-off may be part of the ‘new normal’, one thing that hasn’t changed is that Pep Guardiola likes to rotate his players. As ever, predictably unpredictable.

Some interesting thoughts on how we could finally use that to our advantage in this Gameweek Guide, as well as enticing differentials and captain options.

To win the Pep Roulette, you need to play the Pep Roulette. It’s one of the biggest pots out there.

– LateRiser

Who else but our favourite upside-chasing manager LateRiser perfectly articulating the dilemma presented to us Fantasy managers by Manchester City. Thankfully, in his latest article, he offered us an intriguing option on how to play our hand. Could Phil Foden offer a less ‘all-in’ approach?

When it comes to Foden, I expect him to get a lot of minutes and I think he’s a really good option for your eighth attacker. What I would do with Foden is that if he is rested for a particular game, I would probably start him in my FPL team in the next game as we expect Pep to rotate and Foden’s upside is very high.

– LateRiser

To give our Pro Pundit some credit he did highlight Phil Foden on yesterday’s Scoutcast ahead of the evening kick-off. Although a bigger round of applause is reserved for Pep Pig, who not only brought him in for Gameweek 30+ but told us about it beforehand – twice! Unsurprisingly he still leads RedLightning’s January to July mini-league.

The big news that could potentially impact how we shuffle our City pack, is the injury to Sergio Aguero. As Neale report in the Scout Notes, Pep did not sound overly optimistic in his post-match interview:

He felt something in his knee. He was struggling the last month, some pain in his knee. It doesn’t look good for this season.

– Pep Guardiola

The two immediate beneficiaries are Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling:

The stock of Gabriel Jesus could be about to rise as we await a proper diagnosis from the City medical department, although it should be said that Raheem Sterling has operated as a ‘false nine’ in Guardiola’s various systems before and the Brazilian will surely not be starting week-in, week-out from now until Gameweek 38+ even if Aguero is sidelined.

– Neale

However with upcoming matches against Chelsea and Liverpool either side of an all-important FA cup tie against a resurgent Newcastle, looking elsewhere could be a viable option in the short term.

Manchester United and Wolves appear to be the golden ticket teams. The Red Devils take on a depleted Sheffield United defence with John Egan suspended and Dean Henderson ineligible to face his parent club – do check out the latest Team News ahead of the deadline. 

If you are considering one of Fernandes or Rashford for the armband, David’s dive into the stats is essential reading. His feeling is that Fernandes has the slight edge:

The fact he is a midfielder also gives him the edge over Rashford who, despite looking like an exciting option for Gameweek 31+, cannot capitalise on clean sheets and scores one fewer point for every goal scored, when compared with Fernandes.

– David

While in the debate between Rashford and Martial, TheFantasyFreÆK is leaning towards the Englishman:

Despite having his minutes curtailed by injury, Rashford has recorded the second highest number big chances at home of all forwards this season. Over the season, Rashford has registered 23 big chances compared to Martial’s 14 with both of them having played a similar amount of minutes.

– TheFantasyFreÆK

Manchester United and Wolves also have the best odds of a clean sheet after Liverpool, according to the bookmakers via G-Whizz.

But there are plenty of options for our teams this Gameweek. Neale highlighted Son’s potential earlier this month: 

Son’s shot accuracy in the Mourinho era has also caught the eye: an average of 1.53 efforts on target per 90 minutes is inferior only to Salah (1.61) when we look at midfield regulars in the top flight.

– Neale

While Pro Pundit Tom Freeman picked out the returning Dele Alli as one to watch in his differentials piece. An opinion backed up by David:

Dele Alli managed a total of 11 shots in the box over his last four, an average of 2.75. Crucially, that was achieved in his number 10 role, which he is likely to be dropped back into for Tuesday’s London clash with West Ham.

– David

There’s an enticing trip to Carrow Road for EvertonRicharlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin appeal:

The Everton pair have managed to record the joint-second-highest total for shots in the box over their last four, against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. That is incredibly ominous as they prepare to face Norwich in Gameweek 31+.

– David

In short, those who fancy an alternative to a Liverpool captain this week have plenty of options.

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2,041 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Any news about salah..?

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He's fine, was gonna come on in the last match but Liverpool injuries meant he couldn't

    2. GloryManUnited
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Vardy or Salah for captain. Someone decide for me

      1. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Salah

    3. Zlatanzo
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Why is news needed? He's fit

  2. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    25 minutes to go. Have you pressed the Wildcard button? I don't think you have, check it, right now!

    1. sminkypinky
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Nice one. Had but aporeciate your concern. 🙂

  3. mitro
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Downgrade Saka to upgrade Ngakia?

    1. Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes

  4. sminkypinky
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Anyone capping Salah?

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Considering but think I prefer Vardy

      1. sminkypinky
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I just took Vardy out to get Salah in. Playing the percentages more than a gut feeling.

    2. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      o/

    3. Hazardous Matarial
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      o/

    4. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Oh yes

    5. Collie01
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Think I will. Don't have Bruno.

    6. sminkypinky
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      The green headed men are making me doubt Mo as a cap choice.

  5. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Haven't been watching the United games lately
    What role does Martial play in the team?

    False 9 or striker?

    Please help

    1. DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Striker

  6. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Bottomed :/

    Kun to:

    A) vardy
    B) jimmy
    C) dcl

  7. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Barnes and Vardy starting according to guy who said yesterday that KdB, Sterling and Laporte will be benched.

    1. kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Do you have a source?

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      What guy?

  8. Tempestic
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is Holgate actually nailed with Mina coming back?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      You can't say nailed, but the manager will notice the defence is much more solid with Holgate. But then there's rotation too.

  9. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    On WC. Aurier or Boly. Hate Aurier but seems more exciting ha!

  10. zizoo10
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Boly or Aurier? (Assuming Aurier is nailed?)

    1. navyadav
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Aurier for me.

    2. Manani
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      aurier seems to be lot more attacking

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Aurier

  11. navyadav
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Need some help here guys.

    Current Wildcard squad -
    Patricio (Martin)
    TAA, Doherty, Holgate, Aurier, Simpson
    Son (C) , KDB , Bruno , Sarr, Guendouzi
    Vardy , DLC , Jiminez

    Is this too risky ???

  12. wagner is king
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    no body mentioning jesus.
    surley has to paly every game now. harder fixtures but this is man city. best attcking team in the league.

    1. Collie01
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      He will get plenty of mentions once next 2 are out of the way, assuming Kun is out.

      Will consider him on my WC

    2. Park the bus
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      will be after the liverpool game

  13. Borran
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A) Kabasele
    or
    B) Femenía

  14. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Play VVD or Traore? Have TAA, Jime and Doherty

  15. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    GTG?
    Don’t really want to bench Justin though!

    McCarthy
    Trent Doherty Lascelles
    KDB Bruno Martial Son (C)
    DCL Jimenez Vardy

    Leno Justin D.Luiz Lund.

  16. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    G2G?
    DDG (Button)
    TAA Doherty Aurier (Lascelles)(Simpson)
    Mane KDB Fernandes Bergwijn (Saka)
    Jimenez Rashford DCL

  17. Manani
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    captain Mane or Bruno or Son

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not sure what to do myself. Maybe gonna try Mane this time around.

  18. barcaa7
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Barnes or Sarr

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Sarr imo

    2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      barnes

  19. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    To misquote Nickelback: "I wanna see a Rockstar"

    FPL Rockstar, that is.

  20. Hansel
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Final decision on WC:

    A) Martinez, Saiss, Salah
    B) Foster, Kiko, Mané
    C) Foster, Robinson, Salah
    D) Patricio, Robinson, Mané

    No other keeper Lascelles and Holgate to rotate with Saiss/Robinson

  21. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Ultimate decision sorry! Pick one fast

    A) Aurier, Rashford, Richarlison

    B) Holgate, Vardy, Martial

    1. Hansel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

  22. Meg
      1 month, 22 days ago

      1)Aurier and Robinson
      2)Holgate and Saiss

      Already own Doherty

      Thanks and best of luck

    • DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Mane or Salah on wildcard and captain ?

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        The Egyptian King

    • Arfaish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Quick A or B:

      A) Pope, Boly, Ings
      B) DDG, Aurier, DCL

      Cheers

    • Citytilidie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Thoughts welcomed on this WC squad

      Patricio (Button)
      TAA, Ritchie, Doherty (Holgate, Robinson)
      Alli, KDB, Bruno, Richarlison (Foden)
      Vardy, Rash, Jimmy

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Can’t afford Son then?

        Alli & Vardy -> Son & Rash?

        1. Citytilidie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Already have Rash. Could get Son for Alli by going Patricio to Pope and Ritchie to Lasc.

    • Lignja
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A. Connolly, Holgate/Taylor
      B. Nkeitah, Robinson/Ngakia

      What is better bench cover?

      1. Arfaish
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        A, too much risk in B for bench cover unless you are happy spending transfers down the line

    • mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Captain?

      Jimi
      Son
      Salah
      Bruno/Rashford

      On Jimi atm but so tempted by Son

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I'm going son

      2. FPLinho
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Son

      3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Hm why is Son a goof option? WH is not that bad right? On the other hand Sheffield sucks now.

    • FPLinho
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Struggling at last minute here, could use the help

      A) Rashford, Masina, Guendouzi
      B) Martial, Wan-Bissaka/Ritchie, Connolly

      Which one?

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Salah or Vardy C?

    • Tabbara
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Guys, do i play lascelles or Saiss
      Would be double Wolves defense with doherty
      Thx

      1. L S P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Saiss

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Chasing, go double up. Not chasing, go Lasc.